Ethics against the odds? International Workshop on Statistical Discrimination

Ort: JGU Mainz
Beginn: 18.08.2022 09:30
Ende: 19.08.2022 17:00

Statistical Generalizations are obviously useful and politically important. But they also come with a threat of discrimination. This raises questions at the intersection of ethics, politics, and data science. What, as a matter of ethics, is wrong with statistical discrimination? Why, in particular, is it wrong to base differential treatment on statistical evidence – evidence which, in many other cases, we do not hesitate to take into account? How does statistical discrimination relate conceptually to other forms of objectionable discrimination? What practical lessons can be drawn for, say, policing and surveillance and for the development of non-discriminating programs and algorithms? This workshop will explore these questions, both those of the more general ethical and conceptual kind, and the questions targeting automated decision-making based on big data and artificial intelligence. It aims at identifying cases where statistical generalizations are morally problematic and at discussing possible solutions.

Organization: Hauke Behrendt (Stuttgart) & Tim Henning (Mainz)

Funded by Fritz Thyssen Stiftung

Participants welcome.

Please register via email: praktische-philosophie[at]uni-mainz.de

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